Weekly rewards, 9/22/12



  • Thumbs-up to Brownstown/Ewing Main Street, Brownstown Chamber of Commerce and others in the community responsible for envisioning, funding and building a multiuse people trail in Brownstown. The trail runs from County Park in Brownstown, along Walnut Street and County Road 25E and south to the Jackson County Fairgrounds. It’s a nice, healthy addition to the community.
  • Thumbs-up to businesses in the area of Tipton Street and Agrico Lane/Meadowbrook Drive on Seymour’s east side. Managers and owners cooperated with Seymour police and fire officials when a tanker hauling an estimated 8,000 gallons of anhydrous ammonia rolled onto its side Aug. 30. Fortunately, no one was hurt, and there was no unintentional release of the dangerous gas.
  • Thumbs-up to Jackson County History Center and Brownstown Central Community Schools Corp. for cooperating on a project that will move the log cabin schoolhouse from Brownstown Elementary School to the History Center’s Pioneer Village. The move will help breathe new life back into the structure that for years helped teachers such as Laberta Otte and Helen Lahrman teach students about Indiana history, which has long been part of the Hoosier state’s fourth-grade curriculum.
  • Thumbs-up to organizers, volunteers and participants in the annual Hayden Festival. This year’s theme was Harvest Past. Organizers do a good job of changing the event’s focus from year to year, keeping the festival interesting and appealing. It also serves as a community homecoming.
  • Thumbs-up to organizers, participants and customers of local farmers markets. The produce stands are a great way to make a little money, share the bounty of one’s harvest and enjoy the fruits of the labor of others in their garden. They also help us prepare a healthy meal.
  • Thumbs-up to organizers, vendors, volunteers, participants and those who turned out to enjoy the annual Brownstown MelonFest around the Jackson County Courthouse square. The event brings people together for a homecoming, raises money for local charities and celebrates the watermelon, a nutritious, delicious fruit for which the area is well known.
  • Thumbs-up to Brownstown Central High School golfers Jordan Stevens and Nora Silence. Both recently earned all-Mid-Southern Conference Tournament honors at Corydon. That means they finished in the top five golfers in the tournament at Old Capital Golf Club.

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